Assad is using all of his propaganda outlets for all they're worth. He values remaining in power over all else, so claiming that he's granted amnesty to those who've carried out crimes during the past nine months is meaningless - particularly if those who have committed the crimes are his security forces who have brutally repressed the protesters. At least 35,000 people have been arrested by the regime's own count, though the tally could well be higher. More than 5,000 people have been murdered by the regime since the uprising began and that has increased in recent weeks as some members of the security forces attempt to defect and come under fire from loyalists.
11 more people were killed despite calls by the United Nations and the Arab League to stop the violence.
Hundreds of people have been reported killed in Syria even since the monitors deployed on December 26 as pro-Assad forces try to crush peaceful protests and armed resistance to his rule.
Random gunfire from pro-Assad militiamen killed five people, including a woman, and wounded nine in the restive city of Homs, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
It said five soldiers were killed when they tried to change sides during a clash with rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib, adding that 15 soldiers had succeeded in defecting.
The state news agency SANA said an "armed terrorist group" had shot dead Brigadier-General Mohammed Abdul-Hamid al-Awad and wounded his driver in the countryside near Damascus.
The latest violence erupted a day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Assad to "stop killing your people."
Assad's harsh response to the uprising has killed more than 5,000 people, by a U.N. count. The Syrian authorities say 2,000 members of the security forces have also been killed. The deaths of 32 civilians and soldiers were reported on Sunday.